The other day, my vegan friend Bree told a story. She used to date a guy whose mother would always introduce her by saying: “This is Bree. She’s VEY-GON.”
“It was like I was from the planet Vega, in the faraway galaxy of kohlrabi,'' she says. She may as well have been—in the early days of her lifestyle change she felt “very misunderstood.”
Chances are you’ve got a vegan friend, or a few. Chances are that at some point in their lives they’ve been asked: “You won’t eat brisket, but will you have an egg?” Well, you don’t want to be any version of that person.
And if your vegan friends are anything like mine, sometimes, they need (vegan) gifts. I like to think of each occasion as an opportunity to make good on all the people who don’t totally get their life choices. But I’ll also be the first to admit it’s not always easy—my own struggle became apparent when I realized most wines aren't 100 percent vegan.
The good news is that we decided to put in the hard work for you, and sift through a universe of possibilities to get to the good stuff. So, here are 22 gifts—good looking, funny, nurturing, and thoughtful—that are perfect for vegans.
Because a clean-eating, vegan chocolate bar sounds like a misnomer—but it doesn't have to be.
A kitchen garden for your kitchen counter, because...cozy apartments.
Help them cut down on plastic, while also eating with non-toxic flatware that’s stylish, lightweight, and durable.
You don't have to be vegan to love a great spiralizer, but for many a raw-food vegan, they're especially crucial.
Think sweet pea hummus, tempeh kebabs, and chai-spiced bread pudding. We think you might end up getting a copy for yourself.
Turns out, it’s hard to know when a wine is vegan or not, but Proudly Vegan is a cinch—it is vegan right down to the inks and glues on its labels.
All-vegan, parabens and cruelty-free candles with a really long burn time—aka the best company for a relaxed night in.
To charities committed to making life better for people, the planet, and animals. There are several to choose from, from the Humane Society and Animal Legal Defense Fund, to localized organizations. Chilis on Wheels, for instance, delivers free plant-based meals to communities in need.
What’s better than one all-vegan ice-cream? A pack of six (that also ships nationwide). The caramelized banana nut, made with housemade raw cashew milk, is this non-vegan’s favorite.
Perfect for farmers market runs, this hardy but good looking tote has a pocket for everything, and—a little seatbelt for your flowers on the outside (because no one likes a drippy tote).
Small enough to hold in one hand, cute enough to look like a terrarium, and efficient enough to produce a heck-ton of sprouts.
This one is quite fairly called the engagement ring of vegan gifts but then, some friends are just worth it.
Vegan leather brand Matt&Nat has the perfect cruelty-free but fashion-forward gift for your favorite globe-trotting vegan.
Because enamel pins will always be cool, and so will tacos. This one's for vegans who proudly wear their hearts (and tummies) on their shirt/apron/hat.
Full of vegan twists on Southern soul food; author (and blogger) Jenné Claiborne had us at Bootylicious Gumbo.
Nothing says self-care like a long hot soak. The fact that these bath bombs are not tested on animals makes for even deeper relaxation.
For vegan, non-toxic and cruelty-free cosmetics delivered straight to their door throughout the year.
We love olive oil in our food, sure, but will also happily use it in our beauty routines. This small-batch soap blends oil with essence of kumasaza plant to nourish and protect sensitive skin.
Hand-cut and hand-sewn pillows featuring baby animals? Absolutely one can resist that!
A vegan yogurt starter kit is the gift that will keep on giving.
Be more willing to have the kinds of empathic conversations your vegan friend is dying to have outside of her immediate vegan circle. Remember, affirming conversations go a long way in bridging boundaries.
The Food52 Vegan Cookbook is here! With this book from Gena Hamshaw, anyone can learn how to eat more plants (and along the way, how to cook with and love cashew cheese, tofu, and nutritional yeast).Order now